Season 6 of the GO Battle League is here and is bigger and better than any other season to date. Beginning on December 1st 2020, trainers will fight there way up the ranks as per usual but this time, things just got a whole lot more competitive.

As mentioned by the official announcement by Niantic, GO Battle League will now have a whopping 24 ranks instead of 10. Why the change you might ask, as of now, the current rating system can be flawed at times, with these changes, Niantic wants to have a smoother experience in the GO Battle League with a much more competitive feel to it.

The GO Battle League will expand from 10 to 24 ranks, and the top four ranks will have all-new names and corresponding badges. The expanded ranks will be accompanied by a totally new reward structure, which gives Trainers more opportunities to earn exclusive rewards through ranking up.

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GBL Season 6 Ranks

GBL Season 6 Ranks

We can see by the above image that your rating will be displayed to others when you reach rank 20 instead of it being shown in the past at rank 7 onwards. We also now know what the final 4 ranks will look like and what rating you will need in order to achieve them.

As stated in the official announcement, ranks 21-24 have their own name and corresponding badge which differentiates themselves from the others. We now know that these last 4 ranks go by the following names.

  • Ace: 2,000 Rating
  • Veteran: 2,500 Rating
  • Expert: 2,750 Rating
  • Legend: 3,000 Rating

In order to achieve rank 21-24, one must have a minimum rating of 2000 and work their way up to get to rank 22 (2500 rating), rank 23 (2750) and finally rank 24 (3000 rating).

These rank changes are exciting and are a much-needed change from it’s standard 1-10 ranking system. It will be a good way to separate the good from the best and is a step in the right direction for Pokémon GO PvP to become a possible eSport in the future.

Season 6 Rewards

Enjoy additional Stardust bonuses for a limited time. During the Master League, its Premier CupMaster League Classic, and Holiday Cup —from Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)—you’ll earn twice the Stardust for winning battles and completing battle sets.

You won’t want to miss these Season 6 rewards. The Pikachu Libre avatar items will be a reward for Trainers who reach rank 10. Trainers who reach Legend rank (3,000 Rating) will earn avatar items and a pose inspired by N, who made his first appearance in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.

The Pokémon you’ll encounter will be inspired by N’s seasonal teams in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Additionally, players who reach rank 20 can encounter the Legendary Pokémon that is available to battle in five-star raids at that time.

Pokémon that you’ll be guaranteed to encounter at each rank will now include the following Pokémon.

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  • Various Ranks: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter some first partner Pokémon originally discovered in various regions as you progress through the ranks.
  • Rank 16: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Chespin. You will also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
  • Rank 17: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Fennekin. You’ll also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
  • Rank 18: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Froakie. You’ll also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
  • Rank 20: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter a surprise Pokémon during the second half of Season 6.
  • Legend Rank: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter a Pikachu Libre. This will be the only time you’ll be able to encounter a Pikachu Libre during the season.

Double Stardust bonus from completing sets in GO Battle League will begin on December 28th through until January 4th. This will be a great way to gain some extra stardust, especially if you are working your way to levelling up to 44 which requires you to gain 100,000 stardust.

Pikachu Libre will return as a reward for trainers that make it all the way to the top and reach ‘Legend‘ rank of 3,000 rating. Alongside this, we now know that the featured pose for Season 6 comes from N (Natural Harmonia Gropius) from the main series Pokémon game Black and White.

N Pose from Pokémon Black & White

It’s confirmed that after trainers reach rank 20, they have a chance of acquiring Legendary Pokémon that are available at that time which will be featured as a reward for winning battles.

In other huge news about this part of the announcement is that it has been confirmed that the 3 starter Pokémon from the Kalos region (Gen 6) will be obtainable as a reward for playing in the GO Battle League starting from Rank 16 to Rank 18.

Chespin Fennekin Froakie

Pokémon GO Seasons

Alongside these changes with the ranked system, Pokémon GO Seasons have been announced and correspond with GO Battle League.

Starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time, the first Season will begin—the Season of Celebration! Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region will be appearing in Pokémon GO. To celebrate their arrival and the new year, Professor Willow is embarking on a quest to research the different regions of the Pokémon world, and he needs your help!

During this Season, Trainers will be able to participate in a series of in-game events featuring Pokémon first discovered in different regions. Whether you’re a fan of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, or Kalos, Pokémon originally discovered in each of these regions will be appearing as Professor Willow looks to discover and celebrate their rich histories.

At the end of the Season of Celebration, we’ll be introducing a brand-new global event experience. Stay tuned for more details!

What’s this got to do with GO Battle League? well, GO Battle League seasons will occur in tandem with the overarching Seasons and will rotate formats on the same three-month schedule.

This means that instead of having a new GO Battle League season starting each month, it will now go for an entire “Season” which lasts 3 months, this marks Season 6 the start of GO Battle League’s first-ever 3-month rotation.

This gives players a fighting chance to make their way to the top rank of 24 and be able to have more time to adapt to the new meta and playstyle that season 6 has to offer.

Parting Words

If you’re looking to get into the highly competitive PvP scene that Pokémon GO has to offer, now is the best time. With such exciting changes right around the corner, we can only imagine the rewards and benefits for achieving such a high rank.

Niantic wants to continue to work and improve Pokémon GO PvP and ultimately make it into an official eSport ready mobile game, these changes are a great addition to the game that will help to fuel the fire in order to make it a reality. We can tell from Season 5 that they are experimenting with different cup formats in order to see what works and what doesn’t to better improve their game.

Will you be victorious and achieve rank 24 in GO Battle League? the journey won’t be easy, but by having mental strength and the right amount of dedication and knowledge, anything is possible.

Best of luck in Season 6, Trainers!

Adam ‘Avrip’

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Writer / Editor for the Pokémon GO Hub. PvP enthusiast and tournament organizer in Perth, Western Australia. Collector and enthusiast of rare Pokémon retro memorabilia. Admin of the Pokémon GO Perth & WA Facebook page. Sold my soul to Niantic on 07/07/2016. https://twitter.com/GOHubAvrip